Black Panther – Movie Review

Trailer: https://youtu.be/xjDjIWPwcPU

Rating: B+

Positives

  • Great performances by Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown & Andy Serkis. Easily the big standout is B. Jordan. Jordan plays one of, if not the, best villain the Marvel universe has ever had. A big factor in having a great villain is his motivations, & here Jordan’s motivations will actually make you consider cheering for him. He brings a viciousness & the pain of his past to the character that hits you in all different places. Also need to give props to Winston Duke & Letitia Wright’s many scene stealing performances. Both bring a strong charisma filled comedic moments which like a said steal many scenes of the film.
  • Solid direction by Ryan Coogler. Coogler builds the land of Wakanda very well, so much so that it immerses you on a strong level. The standout scene for Coogler’s direction is easily the one-shot casino fight scene. If you ever doubted Coogler as a director this scene will very much convince you of his talent.
  • The most profound element of this film is what it has to say about race relations. It fuels the villain motivations, as well as the entire storyline in general. The commentary it speaks is something that the Marvel universe has never done before and its executed in a hard-hitting manner that works wholeheartedly.
  • A fantastic score by Ludwig Göransson that gorgeously brings the African roots to life.
  • Incredible costume design by Ruth E. Carter. She brings a lush feel to Wakanda like no other.

Negatives

  • There are multiple moments in this film where the CGI actually looks unfinished. Those moments of film look like they were pulled straight out of a video game. They also use darkness a lot in multiple fight scenes to hide the shaky CGI, which bothered me on a personal level.
  • Though I said he is standout in the performances, Michael B. Jordan is still underused. He shows up in the first 10-15 minutes and is fantastic, but you don’t see him again for another 45-50 minutes. Which is long enough to nearly forget about him.

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